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George W. Bush
George W. Bush was born July 6th, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut. He was raised in Midland and Houston, Texas as the eldest son within his four siblings, Jeb, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. There was another younger sister, Robin, who died at the age of three from leukemia. His father, George H. W. Bush served as the U.S. Vice President from 1981 to 1989 and as U.S. President from 1989 to 1993. George W. Bush graduated from Yale University in 1968 and then from Harvard University in 1975. After that he went to work in his family’s oil business. He married Laura Welch in 1977 and shortly after ran for House of Representatives but did not make it. In a close a close and contradicting election, Bush was elected President in 2000 as the Republican candidate beating out Vice President Al Gore. He became the 43rd President of the United States and also is only one of two American presidents to be a son of a preceding president.
Only eight months into his first term as president, the September 11th, 2001, Terrorist Attacks hit America. In response, Bush broadcasted a global War on Terrorism. He ordered an invasion of Afghanistan that year and then an invasion of Iraq in 2003. In addition to the national security issues, Bush also promoted policies on the economy, education, health care, and the reform on social security. There were national debates on Social Security and immigration. He signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act, the Partial-Birth Abortion Act, broad tax cuts, and Medicare prescription drug benefits for seniors. He sought and obtained Congressional approval for tax cuts: the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. These acts decreased all tax rates, reduced the capital gains tax, increased the child tax credit and eliminated the "marriage penalty", and are set to expire in 2011. Bush argued that the unspent government funds should be returned to the taxpayers saying "the surplus is not the government’s money. The surplus is the people’s money." He disputed that the tax cuts would help the economy and creates jobs. In 2003 the economy looked to be improving, but the job growth seemed to remain at a standstill.
In 2004 George W. Bush successfully ran for a re-election against Democratic Senator John Kerry. After his re-election Bush received a mass amount of criticism from conservative and liberal parties. In 2005 the Bush Administration received an immense amount of criticism on the way they handled the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters in U.S history. It was debated that with Katrina, Bush passed a political ‘tipping point’ from which he could not recover. In 2006, Bush urged Congress to allow more than twelve million illegal immigrants to work in the United States with the creation of a "temporary guest-worker program". In 2007 the United States entered the longest post-World War 2 recession. This included a housing market correction, a mortgage crisis, soaring oil prices, and the decreasing of the dollar value. In February of 2008 over 63,000 jobs were lost, a five year record. Many economists and world governments determined that the situation became the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. In November of 2008, over 500,000 jobs were lost, this was the largest loss of jobs in the United States in 34 years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in the last four months of 2008, 1.9 million jobs were lost. By the end of 2008, the U.S. had lost a total of 2.6 million jobs. Although President George W. Bush was quite popular in his first term, it decreased substantially throughout his second term.
Bush was succeeded by Barack Obama in January of 2009.


Barack Hussein Obama II

Born - August 4th 1961

First African-American President of the US

Barack Hussein Obama will go down in history as the first African-American president of the United States. Barack was born on August 4th 1961, and he is also the first president to be born in Hawaii. His political career has been a major success not only for his own satisfaction, but for the entire U.S. He has accomplished multiple goals, including on January 4th, 2005, being sworn in as a senator of the Congressional Black Caucus. The most successful goal Obama reached was being the first African-American of the US.

Barack Obama during his presidency he has done and set many goals and legislations. Within his first days he had a plan to remove troops from Iraq, and to finally end the war in 2011. He also put into action an economic stimulus package of $787 billion to attempt to get out of the economic downfall. Another action he set was the Health Care Reform Bill. His plan was to spend $900 billion over the course of 10 years, to help people get health care who didn’t have it before. Barack is set to be in the White House until 2012, though he could be reelected.


Barry Lamar Bonds
Born-July 24th 1964
Baseball star during the 2000’s

Barry Bonds played for the San Francisco Giants from 1993-2007. While on the Giants he broke many records including the most home runs by a single player 763, previously held by Hank Aaron. He also set the record for most home runs in a single season with 73, which he set in 2001. He has a record seven MVP awards. He is 14 time all-star and an eight time gold glove winner.

Barry Bonds’ records are considered, by some, to be illegitimate. This is because he was accused of steroid use during his career. He was involved in the BALCO scandal during 2003. His trainer allegedly gave him anabolic performance enhancing steroids. Bonds has yet to be convicted of steroid use, but many believe that he did use steroids. Even with allege steroid use he is still considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Since he set the home run records nobody has come close to breaking them, He will have the record for quite a while.


Kobe Bryant:

Born: August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kobe was the youngest of three children was named after the famous beef from Kobe, Japan. At six years old his family moved to Italy, Kobe would return to the U.S. every summer to play in a basketball summer league

Bryant attended Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia and earned himself an ALL-USA First Team Player. During his senior year, Bryant led the Aces to their first state championship in 53 years and averaged 30.8 points, 12 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 4.0 steals, and 3.8 blocked shots a game. He then decided to directly to the NBA.
He was the first guard ever to be taken straight from high school selected in the 13th overall draft pick, by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996, and then directly traded to the Lakers. Kobe had then led the Lakers to 3 consecutive NBA Championship titles from 2000-2002 aka the “Three-peat.” On December 23, 2007, Bryant became the youngest player ever to reach 20,000 points. Both TNT and Sporting News named Bryant the "NBA Player of the Decade" for 2000-2009

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The Decade Evaluation

As a whole the 2000 through 2009 decade has not been as impactful on history as other decades, such as the 1920’s or the 1950’s. Throughout those ten years though, there have been significant people and moments in time that the world, or we as Americans, will never forget. This is the decade in which the 21st century and the 3rd millennium began.
The 2000’s was a decade of change. We continued to advance into new technology, and new times. Email became the way to talk to people more efficiently, usb flash drives replaced floppy disks, and iPods replaced CD players. Google became a hit, being the internets most visited website. DVD’s replaced that old VCR player in your living room, and HD TV has transformed your world. And there is no one who can live with out their cell phones and text messaging.
This decade globalization began to be more prominent; this benefited many countries, like China. Although, many parts of the world were struggling with the idea of modernity, so we saw the rise of al-Qaeda, and experienced the September 11th, 2001 twin tower bombing tragedy. Throughout this entire decade the American country has been in a global War against Terrorism. President George W. Bush had only been in office for a brief eight months as the 43rd president. Barack Obama was sworn in as Americas 44th president in 2009 as the nation’s first African American president.
The 2000’s have seen some of the most destructive and heartbreaking natural disasters. On December 26, 2004 the biggest earthquake in 40 years hit the entire Indian Ocean area, causing a great tsunami to hit a number of nations including Thailand and India. The earthquake was a record breaking 9.3. Several typhoons and hurricanes resulted in extreme destruction in this decade, with Hurricane Katrina nearly destroying New Orleans, followed by Hurricane Rita, which wreaked destruction along the U.S. Gulf Coast. In 2008 the massive Hurricane Ike became the third most destructive hurricane to ever make landfall in the United States. The 2009 H1N1 (swine flu) flu pandemic is also considered a natural disaster, and was the worst epidemic or pandemic of the decade, killing nearly 12,000.
The economics of the decade were both good and bad. In the first few years the economics boomed, sending many different markets into wealth. But in 2007 the United States’ crisis in housing and credit was the first sign of the world’s economic downturn. The outbreak of this global financial crisis sparked a global recession, beginning in the United States and affecting most of the industrialized world.
Although we don’t think this decade has had any effect on us, it is obvious that it has. We will never forget the fall of the twin towers, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, or Hurricane Ike. Our pockets and our friends and family will not forget the longest recession that has been proved to be greater then the Great Depression. We have seen many things change over this decade, we just had to take a closer look to see its impact.

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